Australian Open: Timea Babos, Kristina Mladenovic win women’s doubles title

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Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic pose with the Australian Open winners' trophy. Pic/ AFP
Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic pose with the Australian Open winners' trophy. Pic/ AFP

Fifth seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic took out the Australian Open women's doubles title on Friday to be crowned Grand Slam champions for the first time.

The Hungarian-French pairing battled past second seeded Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.

"It's an incredible feeling, I was in tears," said an emotional Babos. "It's amazing to play with you," she added of Mladenovic.

It was their first Slam title after going close at Wimbledon in 2014, where they made the final but lost. Overall, they own three other doubles titles as a team, all won in 2015 -- at Dubai, Marrakech and Rome.

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